VEC Collaborators

British Columbia

Action on Sepsis
Action on Sepsis is a  transdisciplinary group tackling the complex issue of sepsis prevention, diagnosis, and management across the human lifespan. See this PDF for a helpful cluster chart: Action on Sepsis

British Columbia Center for Disease Control (BC-CDC)
BC-CDC provides provincial and national leadership in public health which includes BC's immunization programs. Decisions on immunization programs are based on evaluative research conducted in BC and Canada.

BC Children's Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR) 
BCCHR is the largest research centre in Western Canada dedicated to women's and children's health. It is located at BC Children's hospital and provides facilities, technical support, and training for the VEC.

BC Children's Hospital (BCCH)
BCCH is a hospital committed to providing expert healthcare to children. The VEC is situated on hospital BCCH grounds within the Child and Family Research Institute.

University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine 
UBC’s Faculty of Medicine is a division of UBC focused on clinical research and medicine and provides the VEC with expert training, education, and human resources.

Provincial Health Services Agency (PHSA)
PHSA is one of the six health authorities in British Columbia and funds approximately $180 million of health research each year in BC. In collaboration with the University of British Columbia, PHSA facilitates research that improves the health of British Columbians and the sustainability of the health care system.

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCH)
Vancouver Coastal Health is one of the six health authorities of British Columbia, serving Vancouver, Richmond, North and West Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast, and BC’s Central Coast.

Fraser Health Authority (FHA)
Fraser Health is one of the six health authorities of British Columbia serving much of the Lower Mainland other than Vancouver, North South and East of the Fraser River.

Action on Sepsis

UBC Systems Vaccinology Group

Researchers across UBC, including three researchers at the Vaccine Evaluation Center (Drs. Kollmann, Sadarangani, Gantt), are combining their expertise to use the systems vaccinology approach to study vaccine-induced immunity in great detail. Multiple global experts, based at UBC, are joining the UBC Systems Vaccinology platform to lead the world in vaccinology. Vaccines have been the most successful medical intervention in human history. Multi-billion dollar efforts are under way to make vaccines that protect against more and more diseases, like HIV, malaria, cancer and even Alzheimer's disease. We have yet to make these vaccines largely due to the fact that we know vaccines work, but we do not truly understand how vaccines work at a molecular level.

Systems vaccinology can be thought of as a set of tools that looks at "why" and "how" vaccines induce protection (an immune response) in the host. Systems vaccinology takes a biological approach to capture the host response to vaccination in a very detailed way. This knowledge will enable us to develop successful vaccines against major infections and cancers.


CAIRE (Canadian Association for Immunization Research and Evaluation)
CAIRE is a professional organization of Canadian vaccine researchers. The mission of CAIRE is to encourage and enhance vaccinology research so that Canadians have timely access to new and improved vaccines and optimal immunization programs.

Each year, the Canadian National Vaccine Safety Network (CANVAS), led by Dr. Julie Bettinger, quickly gathers safety information on the seasonal influenza vaccine and provides it to public health authorities.  Over 40,000 individuals participate in this web-based active surveillance each year, providing an ability to detect events occurring at a rate of less than 1 in 10,000.

Canadian Center for Vaccinology (CCfV) in Halifax, Nova Scotia
CCfV is research collaboration between Dalhousie University, the IWK Health Centre, and Capital Health. Like the VEC, CCfv contributes to CAIRE, IMPACT, and PCIRN with the focus on vaccines for infectious diseases.

McGill Centre for the Study of Host Resistance in Montreal, Quebec  
The McGill Centre for the Study of Host Resistance researches the complex relationship between genes and the environment in the development of disease.

Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l’Université Laval (CRCHUL)
CRCHUL is a multidisciplinary research centre situated at Laval University. CRCHUL brings together such themes as epidemiology of infectious and chronic diseases, population genetics, lifestyle & social inequalities, and the development of programs and policies.


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